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The Backward Planner
Chances are you've heard of the Backward Planning Method, but if you haven't it's a strategy that has been used by military strategists for many years. It's also a great way to work with your clients to create a plan of attack for getting them out of overwhelm.
One of the problems many of us face is that we do have a certain image of how we'd like our life to be – and even exactly what we want – but don't have a clue about how to get there. The "Big Idea" then becomes vague and unattainable so we stop trying and give up.
This is where Backward Planning can help. It will answer the questions you need to get your desired result – such as:
How do I do this?
What will it cost?
What equipment or skills do I need?
What's my target and what's the best way to hit it?
You begin with an "end of mind state" or the "end state." In military terms that means that before a mission is planned one needs to know the end goal. For example, "at the end of this operation, the state we desire is that the village is secure."
So you start with the clear idea of the end-state with your client and then ask them what is the very last thing you will need to do right before your end-state is achieved.
Get them to imagine that they are right there in the moment of reaching their organization goal. Then the use their imagination to see what they did right before they reached their goal. And you keep going backwards with them until you're at the very beginning.
As you do this, write down each step and by the time you're done you have a "done for you" script sitting in front of you. All you have to do now is trace the steps back in the reverse direction. This may seem simple, but it is a powerful planning tool and well known to productivity trainers. And it's easy for most clients to grasp and puts reaching their target right into their hands. Try it for yourself – it will work for you too!
posted on: 7/15/2010 5:00:55 PM by Robin Stephens
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